Located on each side of Interstate 19 in Pima County, Green Valley is a collection of several dozen 55+ communities, rental units, and assisted living facilities. Just south of Tucson, it’s right in the Sonoran Desert and near the Santa Rita Mountains, so outdoor adventure is always at hand.
Plus, Green Valley has a warm climate, more affordable homes than Arizona’s major cities, and a wider range of housing options. So, if you’re looking for Arizona homes for sale, Green Valley should be one of the first places to check.
It also has Green Valley Recreation (GVR), a set of neighborhoods and amenity centers that can be found throughout the area. Not everyone in Green Valley is part of GVR, nor is every community in Green Valley age-restricted, so things can get a little confusing.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering moving to Arizona’s own retirement city.
What Is Green Valley Recreation?
GVR is a non-profit organization that provides amenities and social opportunities for residents of the 13,000 homes under its association. These amenities span 13 recreation centers and one member services center. GVR also hosts and organizes clubs, classes, trips, speakers, and parties for residents.
Who Can Use Green Valley Recreation Facilities?
GVR estimates there are 27,000 people living in 13,000 homes that have access to its amenities. This is where it gets a little complicated. GVR members are divided between communities where it’s mandatory to be a member, communities where it’s voluntary to be a member, and communities outside of GVR but which residents can opt-in. All of these range from age-restricted to all-ages communities. A map can be found here.
All GVR members are allowed to access to every GVR facility, regardless of which community it’s located in.